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Defense Centers of Excellence | Jan 29, 2016

A team of DVBIC experts with a variety of clinical backgrounds reviewed approximately 250 abstracts from the TBI clinical research literature published in 2015, choosing the ten articles they felt advanced the field of TBI research the furthest. Listed here and categorized by topic are the titles and summaries of these top 10 concussion research articles of 2015.

Medium | Jan 29, 2016

A moving letter from Lee Woodruff to her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, ten years after a roadside bomb nearly killed him while reporting in Iraq.

The New York Times | Jan 28, 2016

Cut by the Giants in 2013 after what was at least his fifth concussion, Tyler Sash had returned to Iowa and increasingly displayed surprising and irregular behavior, family members said this week. Sash had bouts of confusion, memory loss and minor fits of temper. Although an Iowa sports celebrity, both as a Super Bowl-winning member of the Giants and a popular star athlete at the University of Iowa, Sash was unable to seek meaningful employment because he had difficulty focusing long enough to finish a job.

UPI | Jan 28, 2016

Former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died in September at age 27 from an accidental overdose of pain medication, had a high level of CTE. The New York Times reported Tuesday the findings from researchers at Boston University after Sash's family donated his brain to be studied for chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

San Jose Mercury News | Jan 28, 2016

While there's growing awareness about the dangers of concussions in athletes or head injuries in war veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of us are still unaware of the impact of these injuries, which can last for days -- or the rest of a person's life. | Jan 27, 2016

New research by Lawrence Livermore scientists shows how shock waves can damage membrane proteins in traumatic brain injury patients. Using molecular dynamics simulations researchers found that ion channels are resistant to damage by shock waves. But with the presence of bubbles, the damage from shock waves is magnified and can contribute to an electrolyte imbalance within cells that can lead to the initial symptoms of TBI, such as headaches and seizures.

Military Times | Jan 25, 2016

Healing from a concussion is mostly a natural process that occurs within your body and mind over time. Just like any other injury, the healthier you are and the better lifestyle you lead, the better off you will be. Also, understanding that full recovery from a concussion is the norm goes a long way in keeping anxiety and depression in check, which helps the healing process. In addition to giving yourself time, there are some other things you can do in the short-term to speed your recovery and reduce the negative long-term effects of a concussion.

The Oregonian | Jan 25, 2016

Brain-injury understanding and prevention have even bigger hurdles than NFL fandom, an organization's money-making desire or the tendency to blow off concussions: Brain injuries are invisible. That means they're easier to hide or deny and harder to detect or believe, which "Concussion," the recently-released movie about the prevalence of concussions among pro football players, points out and that my traumatically brain injured peers and I know.

Scientific America | Jan 19, 2016

In a study of U.S. veterans after hazardous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, researchers found that the higher the exposure to blasts, the lower the activity in a brain region called the cerebellum. Damage to the filter that protects the brain from toxins may partly explain why explosions have been leaving soldiers with lasting brain injuries, the researchers said.

CNN | Jan 19, 2016

It's one of those early stage animal studies that's just too cool not to talk about. Researchers have implanted chips holding tiny electronic sensors and wires in the brains of rats that will melt away once they are no longer needed. The implant in the study was placed under the skin but on top of the rat's skull. Information on temperature and intracranial pressure was fed wirelessly to computers, and accurately matched the readings on conventional monitors.

The Huffington Post | Jan 19, 2016

In a society where the result of a severe bump on the head is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, and misunderstood, the word "concussion" should NOT be taken lightly. Every concussion is a traumatic brain injury and needs to be taken seriously. The stigma of a concussion in our society is that it is "no big deal." We watch professional athletes get back in the game after taking a major blow to the head, and we expect the same of our youth.

NBC News Fort Worth | Jan 15, 2016

Olympic hopeful, 23-year-old Jonathan Swiatocha, has been sharing his story with audiences for many years, but Thursday night was his first time to give a TED Talk. Jonathan talked about overcoming a traumatic brain injury after he and his family were hit by an underage drunk driver in 2002.

The Huffington Post | Jan 15, 2016

The first step is to educate ourselves on concussions, not just in professional athletes, but in our every day lives. What are the symptoms? What does it feel like? What are the long-term implications? How do they heal? Since the majority of us are not medical doctors, the science may be difficult to comprehend. That does not preclude us from learning more. | Jan 13, 2016

A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston fills an important gap in understanding the link between traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. | Jan 13, 2016

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald plans to visit the VA Regional Medical Center in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood to highlight the agency's mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury research. The VA Medical Center in Boston is one of four National Centers for Excellence for PTSD.


Gwinnett Daily Post | Jan 13, 2016

Thirty-two students from various high schools in Gwinnett went through a head trauma and traumatic brain injury experience Monday at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The students, who are a part of the Gwinnett Medical Center Medical Explorer program, studied both issues as they related to a case study involving a high school football player who took a hard hit.

Scout Warrior | Jan 13, 2016

The Army Research Laboratory is preparing to engineer prototypes of a cutting-edge tethering technology designed to massively reduce the damage caused by a head-to-ground impact from a football helmet or solider helmet crashing in combat, service officials told Scout Warrior. The technology uses a hardening, yet elastic-like material to both allow for mobility and protect the head and neck upon impact with the ground, developers explained.

The New York Times | Jan 8, 2016

Interviews reveal the events in the 60 minutes after a 2013 bout at Madison Square Garden that left Magomed Abdusalamov with severe brain damage.

American Academy of Pediatrics News | Jan 8, 2016

Concussion rates in youth hockey are higher during games than practices and for younger adolescents than older teens, a new study found. In addition, the overall rates are in line with other youth collision sports, according to the report “Incidence of Concussion in Youth Ice Hockey Players.”

The Washington Post | Jan 8, 2016

Sean McDonnell, coach of the University of New Hampshire’s football team, thought Erik Swartz, a University of New Hampshire professor of kinesiology, was crazy at first. But the two struck a fast rapport. Swartz had spent years on the sidelines of football games as an athletic trainer. He understood the sport inside and out. And he said he had an idea that could make players safer and perhaps save a game that, besieged by research linking brain damage and concussions, has reached its most perilous moment in decades: remove players' greatest protection.

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Jan 8, 2016

The relationship between developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and playing football remains unclear. The link between the number of concussions a person sustains and the risk of developing CTE is also uncertain.

NPR | Jan 6, 2016

Researchers estimate there could be more than 200,000 subdural hematoma injuries diagnosed annually at hospitals across the country. They say an unknown additional number of subdural hematomas are misdiagnosed, or simply missed: Half the patients studied have trouble remembering they hit their heads at all.

EurekAlert | Jan 6, 2016

The Brain Injury Association of America has release a military focused issue of the The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Available in print and online, the issue presents 13 original research studies on TBI in the military, including a special focus on how TBI affects quality of life.

Los Angeles Times | Jan 5, 2016

esearchers have found the hallmarks of chronic traumatic encephalopathy throughout the brain of a 25-year-old former college football player who sustained more than 10 concussions during about 16 years on the gridiron. The unnamed athlete, described in a report published Monday by the journal JAMA Neurology, is the youngest patient to get a definitive diagnosis of widespread CTE.

University of Denver Magazine | Jan 5, 2016

University of Denver students interviewed 80 inmates during the summers of 2013 and 2014, they expected they’d find above-average prevalence of brain trauma among prisoners. When they saw the actual numbers, however, even they were stunned: 96 percent had a TBI.